100 Min. | Animation – Adventure – Comedy | February 2014
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Staring: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks
The Lego Movie Review: The Lego Movie is quite simply unlike anything seen in a long while, rip-roaringly hilarious, gorgeous to look at, imaginative beyond belief, a great parody of worn out “chose one” cliches and also rather poignant and touching. The first thing one has to mention is the animation. Not only does it look like an amateur stop-motion film with a $500 million budget, but the amount of detail and creativity put into the visuals is just staggering. At times there’s so much going on the screen it’s almost overwhelming, yet if you look closely you can see that every single thing is comprised of recognizable Lego parts. The various ways the world shifts, breaks, is constructed again, falls apart and moves around is simply a joy to watch. The implementation of real-world objects into the otherwise plastic world is certain to get huge laughs out of anyone, especially the revelation about the ominous superweapon “Kragle”. The result is a film that looks unlike anything we’ve seen before.
The script of The Lego, is a roller-coaster ride of hilarious gag after another. The jokes come at you so fast you can’t catch them all in one viewing, and blink-and-you’ll-miss-it side gags clutter the screen. No running gag wears out its welcome, no joke is overplayed or overemphasised. The characters are all funny and likable with enough personality to them to fill up multiple movies on their own. Batman especially is a riotous parody of the grim, dark versions of the Caped Crusader we’ve been stuck with for nearly a decade. And due to Lego having rights for nearly every IP imaginable, you won’t be able to guess which mega-franchise is going to turn up next. Despite all this high praise, there are a couple of minor issues. During its third act the tone of The Lego starts moving to a more serious and emotional direction, which to me didn’t work as well as the rapid fire comedy of the rest of the film.
In The Lego, the voicework is great for the most part, but amidst all the others it becomes rather apparent that Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson are live, not voice actors. It’s not that their performances are bad, they just seem rather flat and lifeless in comparison to the rest of the cast. The Lego movie is a downright masterpiece, there’s no two ways about it. Incredible visuals and animation combined with a hilarious script, dazzling creativity and good characters make it one of the best and most original animated films in a long time. Some minor hindrances can do very little to drag it down, and the end result is fantastic.